What does scattering mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term scattering:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. scattering, sprinkling(noun)

    a small number (of something) dispersed haphazardly

    "the first scatterings of green"; "a sprinkling of grey at his temples"

  2. scattering(noun)

    the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions

  3. scattering, sprinkle, sprinkling(noun)

    a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby

  4. dispersion, scattering(noun)

    spreading widely or driving off

  5. scatter, scattering, strewing(noun)

    the act of scattering


  1. scattering(Noun)

    A small quantity of something occurring at irregular intervals and dispersed at random points,

    There will be a scattering of showers, with heavy rain in places.

  2. scattering(Noun)

    The process whereby a beam of waves or particles is dispersed by collisions or similar interactions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scattering

    of Scatter

  2. Scattering(adj)

    going or falling in various directions; not united or aggregated; divided among many; as, scattering votes

  3. Scattering(noun)

    act of strewing about; something scattered


  1. Scattering

    Scattering is a general physical process where some forms of radiation, such as light, sound, or moving particles, are forced to deviate from a straight trajectory by one or more localized non-uniformities in the medium through which they pass. In conventional use, this also includes deviation of reflected radiation from the angle predicted by the law of reflection. Reflections that undergo scattering are often called diffuse reflections and unscattered reflections are called specular reflections The types of non-uniformities which can cause scattering, sometimes known as scatterers or scattering centers, are too numerous to list, but a small sample includes particles, bubbles, droplets, density fluctuations in fluids, crystallites in polycrystalline solids, defects in monocrystalline solids, surface roughness, cells in organisms, and textile fibers in clothing. The effects of such features on the path of almost any type of propagating wave or moving particle can be described in the framework of scattering theory. Some areas where scattering and scattering theory are significant include radar sensing, medical ultrasound, semiconductor wafer inspection, polymerization process monitoring, acoustic tiling, free-space communications, and computer-generated imagery.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scattering in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scattering in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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